Field just ended its 50th football season. Fans have cheered
the Mean Green football team to almost twice as many victories
as losses over those years. Yet, the legacy of Fouts extends
beyond an impressive 133-67-2 record.
has been home to many great coaches and NFL-bound players, such
as "Mean" Joe Greene, a defensive tackle who went to a Hall of
Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Abner Haynes, an
offensive back who was named the American Football League's "Player
of the Year" and "Rookie of the Year" in 1960 while playing for
the Dallas Texans (now known as the Kansas City Chiefs). Another
legendary figure, Odus Mitchell, head football coach from 1946
to 1966, guided the team to 122 victories and three post-season
also been home to thousands of fans with raucous school spirit,
especially in the 1950s and 1960s. Whether North Texas won or
lost, "football weekends were spirit builders on campus," said
Stan Stanislav ('62) in a 1992 issue of The North Texan.
has even aimed the spotlight on the stadium. In 1984, Fouts was
the set for the television movie The Jesse Owens Story.
Then, in 1991, the movie Necessary Roughness was shot
at the stadium and around the UNT campus.
first named Eagle Stadium, opened in September 1952 when North
Texas defeated North Dakota. The stadium was a dream realized
for Theron J. Fouts, who served North Texas for 34 years as a
football coach, athletic director and dean of men. He initiated
the campaign to build the arena and, after his retirement in
1954, the stadium was renamed in his honor.
has undergone several renovations over the years; among the most
significant was a boost in seating capacity in 1994. The renovation
was needed to reclassify UNT's football program to Division I-A
of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
information department commemorated the stadium's 50th anniversary
this season by featuring photographs and highlights from a historical
game in each of the five home game programs and on the jumbotron.